Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO

Adam Jeffery | CNBC

The toy maker Hasbro announced Tuesday that its Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner has passed away. just two days after he was on sick leave.

Goldner, 58, has been CEO since 2008. He joined the company in 2000 and became Chairman of the Hasbro Board of Directors in 2015.

Rich Stoddart, most recently Lead Independent Director of Hasbro’s Board of Directors, was named interim CEO when Goldner went on medical leave.

“Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro since joining the company more than two decades ago,” Stoddart said in a statement. “As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the gaming and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world.”

Last August, Goldner announced that he had been receiving medical treatment for cancer since 2014.

While at Hasbro, he successfully expanded the business beyond toys and games to include television, films and digital games. Goldner’s tenure was marked by a focus on leveraging the company’s brands across the entertainment spectrum.

In 2019 he has pioneered the acquisition of Entertainment One by Hasbro for $ 3.8 billion, the Toronto-based studio best known for “Peppa Pig” and “PJ Masks”.

Goldner also served as a director on the board of ViacomCBS.

Read the full Hasbro press release here.

—CNBCs Sarah Whitten contributed to this reporting.

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